I didn't see much in that interview to classify him as a Burnley player. He strikes me as being a weak willed confidence player. Obviously sees himself as a central midfielder and not a winger. His agent has bagged him some good moves that have taken him up to a level matching his talent and beyond.
Okay body for the bench who could take some of the undeserved critical weight off Hendrick. The fact that Swansea are willing to move him on so they can re-invest the funds in Ryan Woods is a very good indicator of their opinion of him as a central midfielder. Then again, they were very wrong about Cork.
His entire career seems to have been built around securing a new move, playing for a year or maybe two, only for the club to sell him on after getting a better idea of what he can do. £8m is on the high side of his true valuation, but it could have been far worse when you consider he is one of the few names on our "list" and it is very late in the window.
I think the majority of Swansea fans will be happy with this one. He couldn't cut it as a central midfielder for them last season and they have arguably brought in better options for the left wing. The fact that they paid such a large fee for him pretty much guaranteed him a starting nod last year. Now that they have Celina, McKay and Montero he would have to fight for a position if he stayed, possibly falling down the pecking order into obscurity.
Fingers crossed we can work another miracle and we are the club that turns him from an average player into something better. I still think Bryan or Zuber would have been much better all round options for the left wing, hey ho and on we go.
On the upside he is probably better than nothing, we will need more bodies, and £8m is significantly less than the £12m we were rumoured to be considering earlier in the window. More importantly it might put an end to some of the out of character whining that has come from Sean in the last couple of days. His honesty in interviews is always appreciated, along with a realistic outlook, but a defeatist attitude isn't.
The downside is that Clucas will be with us rain or shine. He won't move again if we sign him up for 3 or 4 years and unless his playing performance improves nobody will be trying to poach him.
Slightly harsh and overly critical?
Maybe, but I'm having my say early on this one because if he signs I will give him my full support him as soon as he puts on the shirt. And support will be very important for him, because he seems to fold like a cheap deck chair and perform poorly when he isn't feeling the love.